Volunteer at the Zoo!
We accept volunteers over the age of 18 (16 if you are enrolled on an animal related course) to assist us on our Animal Park. Our volunteers are our Zoo Keeper Assistants and must commit to a minimum of one full day a fortnight (ideally one day a week, any more than this is great). We are looking for dedicated, long term volunteers who are keen to learn new information and skills.
It is a busy, hands on role which can include the following duties:
General animal husbandry: cleaning enclosures (with and without animals in them), giving fresh water, disinfecting enclosures and enrichment items, helping with fruit and vegetable deliveries , preparing feeds and sometimes assisting with feeding the animals and enrichment provision.
General maintenance of enclosures and site maintenance: weeding, washing windows/railings, raking, sweeping paths, painting, rubbish disposal and cleaning and tidying staff areas (feed room, hay and straw barn etc.)
You may also be asked to help with more customer service related roles such as manning walk-through animal exhibits, assisting with keeper talks and assisting with shows/displays.
Before applying please bear in mind that large proportions of the day will be spent cleaning and not always with the animals present. Please also note that our volunteers do not usually help directly on our primate or large carnivore sections.
All our volunteers receive a meal voucher that entitles them to one free meal from our restaurant on the days they are in, free car parking and free or staff discounted tickets to our fund raising event nights.
If you would like to apply to join our volunteer team you will be required to come in for an interview, and if successful a trial day. Unfortunately not everyone we interview is always suitable and we do sometimes have to turn people down due to high demand. Our available interview times are 4-4.45pm. When applying please advise us of several dates (post 2 weeks of your application) that you would be free to visit us around those times.
Please contact our volunteer team via email with any queries or applications on email@example.com